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Poster: BVD Date: May 9, 2013 6:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the facts?

#98-He did?

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: May 10, 2013 3:45am
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I also have serious doubts about that.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: May 10, 2013 9:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the facts?

Peter Rowan and Vassar Clements did not have doubts....

After Earl Scruggs, Pete Wernick, Sonny Osborne, Don Reno, Dr. Ralph Stanley, John Hartford and Doug Dilliard I mean....

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Poster: dark.starz Date: May 10, 2013 9:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the facts?

I taped Vassar during 1975 at Harry Hopes in Cary, IL a town of 4,500 folks just south of Crystal Lake. A friend who did the house mixing invited me & my Teac A450 cassette deck to plug into the board. By far the best sounding tape recorded to date.

As previously discussed we all got into Vassar through Jerrys introduction on the “Wake of the Flood” LP in the fall of 1973. Vassar brought a pick-up band and played a few rock tunes that evening to appease his audience, so as to say, “Boogie in the Barnyard” had a raucous sound and feeling that evening.

All the classic Chicago artists of the day played this little room, an upstairs chalet decked out with church pews for seating with a bar downstairs and a miniature ski slope out back when in season with an operational tow rope.

We spent several evenings outside burning ma-doo-dahs returning to the little room upstairs at the mercy of acts such as Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Steve Goodman, Bill Quateman and Harvey Mandel ... to name just a few.


http://vintagecassettes.com/_history/history.htm

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: May 10, 2013 10:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the facts?

Exactly. He may have been the best banjo player at hand -- and it certainly didn't hurt that he was a good friend of Grisman's and already had an enthusiastic fan base -- but he was not and never was the best banjo player in the US. No way. As far as Old and in the Way is concerned, Garcia (on the banjo) was one of the least important members of that band. The real stars were Grisman and Clements, in my opinion.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: May 10, 2013 12:14pm
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I think we can all agree that Jerry was the best 9 1/2 fingered banjo player in the US though.

Clements was in a class by himself in Old and in the Way. He was to hillbilly jazz what Stephane Grappelli was to gypsy jazz and Clement's carried Grappelli's legacy very comfortably on his shoulders. Grisman was certainly no slouch, but I think he followed Vassar's lead. Then again, Grisman also played with Stephan Grappelli so that has to count for something right?

I only saw Vassar play once, but it was mind boggling considering he learned by playing by ear.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: May 11, 2013 3:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the facts?

Monte did a wonderful job capturing this Vasser performance.I really like the two Ellington compositions Caravan and C Jam Blues,but the whole show is very good.They even do In memory of Elizabeth Reed.

http://archive.org/details/vc75-04-05.AUD.fob

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Poster: vapors Date: May 12, 2013 8:25am
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAe7vHqq8fM

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Poster: high flow Date: May 10, 2013 12:36pm
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3AtBq3SIYQ

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Poster: BVD Date: May 10, 2013 5:38pm
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I don't know if I would go so far as to say it was a minor role or least important. I was lucky enough to see them (OAITW) in New Jersey the summer they toured. 73? It was a thrill to see him play banjo. He certainly wasn't the icon he was with the Dead. He looked really happy to be just another guy in the band.He played solos and sang a little.Overall it was a very enjoyable evening. I think it was a huge kick for him to play with Vassar. Everytime he took a fiddle solo Garcia had a grin from ear to ear.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: May 10, 2013 5:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the facts?

Just to follow up.....here's a clip of the band Mountain Heart performing Whipping Post. Saw these guys at FloydFest a few years ago and was duly amazed.

Without a doubt, their banjo player Barry Abernathy is the finest 6 fingered banjo player in the world. Just to be clear, that's 6 fingers. Total. On both hands. Watch closely at 0:42

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eIcvGtCL4c

http://www.mountainheart.com/index.php?option=com_content&;view=article&id=71&Itemid=76